Is the picture too large? You couldn’t see the orchestra and teeny tiny James conducting if I posted it any smaller. Symfunny was a huge success. It was a fantastic night, everyone, both performers and audience were incredibly warm and generous and Parkinson’s UK announced that 125k was raised for research into new treatments and that golden ticket, a cure. More »
No, I’m not baking an Alfie cake, we are just putting the finishing touches to the mixes for Alfie’s new album. We recorded the strings for the album and mixed it in wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen, the same place we did his first 2 records so here’s hoping this one will sell as well as they did. Officially you will have to wait until September to hear the finished product BUT there is a sneak preview to be had for those who can’t wait. Alfie is very kindly flying over specially from Utah to sing at Symfunny in the RAH on June 4th and has promised to include a few of the new tracks in his set. More »
Have you booked your tickets yet for Symfunny, an evening of music and laughter on June 4th at the iconic Royal Albert Hall? More »
So the kids have been passed from pillar to post this week so that James and myself could spent the last few days in a place where the sun doesn’t shine. No, nothing like that… More »
So the whirlwind of interviews continues in order to promote Symfunny on June 4th at the RAH. Tonight James will be talking about the concert on BBC Radio 5 live with Stephen Nolan. More »
I haven’t blogged for a while but we have had a lot happening in our lives, as always. James has been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Obviously this has been pretty devastating news for a guy with a young family. But, James has decided to try to do something positive with this news which is why we have announced in the press today that we are going to hold Symfunny, an evening of music and laughter at the Royal Albert Hall on June 4th in association with Parkinson’s UK. We have asked lots of friends and colleagues we have worked with and met over the years to join us for the night. The response has been truly overwhelming. We already have Alfie Boe, Rebecca Ferguson, Armstrong and Miller, Julian Lloyd Webber, Jason Manford, a full Symphony Orchestra, members of the Brighton Festival Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus on the bill.
It is going to be a fantastic night of entertainment so please book a ticket, support us and help raise awareness and money for Parkinson’s Disease. More »
Is it me or does the holiday period get longer each year? I’ve sent emails to people that have bounced back as they are ‘out of the office’ for nearly 3 weeks now. Personally I’d rather we adopted the Italian model and closed down the country in August when we could at least enjoy good weather. 3 weeks without working is fantastic (if you are lucky enough to get it), but to spend it cooped up inside as it is so wet seems like a waste of time off. It’s as if someone turned the world upside down, flipped it over, so we are standing on the sky which means all the oceans and seas are now pouring back down on us.
I’m delighted to be able to announce that Tony Ross (illustrator of Horrid Henry amongst other numerous books) is to illustrate live during the performance of The Great Enormo at the South Bank on February 22nd. He did a similar thing at the Proms in the summer and Michael Rosen tells me his contribution was a huge hit with everyone so we are very pleased to have him join us on the day. More »
I’m sitting at my computer at 7 in the morning having left James to get the kids ready for school. I have the great excuse that I’m about to Skype Jack Topping before he sings live on BBC breakfast. Every TV show asks for a slightly longer, shorter, faster version of a song so they can fit it into their show so Jack has to remember which version he is singing, which can be tricky at 7 in the morning in the week your album has been released when you have been galavanting around the country. Added to this the extra pressure of live telly means that I am sitting here about to Skype Jack, have a little vocal warm up with him and run through You’ll Never Walk Alone. He will be in a great mood as he loves singing this song, especially the high note at the end. More »